Nancy Fish credits inclusion for Haywood's big win

Two years ago Nancy Fish was elected Haywood County Democratic Party chair at a county convention that was split almost evenly.

In the 2004 election Democrats lost the congressional race 55% to 45%. Hometown state Senator Joe Sam Queen lost his election (NC Senate district 47, which includes several other counties). He won in Haywood by 18 points, not enough to overcome the rest of the counties in his district.

Election day, 2006, in Haywood County the Democratic Party had swept the ticket.

Congressman Heath Shuler defeated Charles Taylor in Haywood by by 56 to 44. And NC Senator Joe Sam beat incumbent Republican Keith Presnell by a whopping 30 points to go on and take back the senate seat he'd lost two years before.

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What happened? When asked that question Nancy Fish replies, "Inclusion. Inclusion. Inclusion." She said it simply and repeatedly, "We found something for everyone to do." Click below to listen.

Paul Donahue, former Henderson County Chair (and retired Congressional chief of staff) presided over the county convention two years ago. He said, "Nancy's strength is her tenacity. She'll move slowly and she'll move cautiously. But she won't back off. She knows exactly where she wants to go. She's just smart enough to make sure the majority is with her before she moves forward."

Apparently, the majority was with her November 7th. Click to listen to Nancy talk about election day:

"We made a difference for Heath but Joe Sam was the one we put on top. And [NC Senator] John Snow didn't win in our precincts but we closed the gap" compared to the '04 election. In fact, according to the current North Carolina Board of Election website, Snow did win in Haywood County on his way to reelection in the 50th NC Senate district.

Nancy is native to Haywood, but after attending Appalachian and Vanderbilt's Peabody College of Education, she settled to teach in Madison and Buncombe counties. She wasn't active in politics until free from family obligations in 1995 when she found a place for herself in the Madison County Democratic Women. She eventually moved to Buncombe County and was elected to the state democratic women's executive board, chairing the state convention in Asheville.

"If not for Democratic women, she said, she probably "would never have gotten as involved. It was a stepping stone. It gave me confidence." Watching Nancy Fish now, it's hard to believe she ever needed any confidence boost.

Haywood County election results

2006 Charles H. Taylor 8,745 Votes
Heath Shuler 11,208 Votes

2004 Charles H. Taylor 14,514 Votes
Patsy Keever 11,822 Votes

NC STATE SENATE DISTRICT 47 2006
Joe Sam Queen 11,434 Votes
Keith Presnell 6,446 Votes

NC STATE SENATE DISTRICT 47 2004
Joe Sam Queen 13,394 Votes
Keith Presnell 9,253 Votes

NC STATE SENATE DISTRICT 50 2006
John Snow 1,497 Votes
Ken McKim 1,111 Votes

Contest: NC STATE SENATE DISTRICT 50 2004
John Snow 1,636 Votes
Ben Lamm 47 Votes
Bob Carpenter 1,705 Votes

Comments

Another wonderful interview

Drama Queen is on vacation in some remote area without the intertubes. She submitted this last week and I am really excited about the interviews.

I think it is so powerful for people to see just who makes a difference. These are ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things. For those who question what they have to offer, just watch DQ's interviews. These women have drive, determination and a desire to do what's best for their country by helping Democrats get elected. It's as simple as a positive attitude and not being afraid of a bit of hard work.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Ooooops

I forgot to change authoring information to DQ. I did not mean to take credit for her work.....although.........(I would claim it in a heartbeat.)

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.

Women like Nancy Fish

and The Southern Dem show other women what we can do if we put our minds to it.

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Check is in the mail

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Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Nancy Fish is wonderful

I love watching these videos. The emotion in her voice is obvious in the second spot. She should be proud. Mecklenburg County can barely elect Democrats these days. Thank goodness a group is gearing up to help change that.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.

Strong Women with loud voices!

And they've been here all along! This is a great piece DQ, I love your vlogs! Please ma'am, may we have more?

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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Very excellent interviews

Plus a new word in SD's first comment: Intertubes! Love it!

Just got to watch the Videos and she is great

Since these people helped Shuler, what are their feelings on the blue dog's vote to give bush another free pass? It would be great if the force that worked on his campaign would rally and start letting him know how displeased they are with this vote.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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